[quote=bjcros87]As a protestant one of the things I struggle with over Catholicism is the adoration towards Mary and other saints. Most Catholics come back for this question is why ask anyone to pray for you. I ask others to pray for me with hope that God will head the prayers of many. However, there is a difference between me asking my friend for advice and help in my Christian walk, and asking a person who has passed(other than Jesus) for help. I won’t make the mistake of saying that it is completely wrong and you shouldn’t do it, because I don’t want to get into this type of arguement again. That is my opinion of the issue.
Well… you are very much entitled to your own WRONG personal opinion !!!
Folks who “passed” are no different than folks who are living, because with God, he is the God of the living NOT of the dead.
Mary is the Queen of Heaven. She is the Mother of the King of the Universe. She is Queen of the Angels. Her Son is God Almighty. She is the Queen of Heaven. BUT we are basically nothing, sinners, mere peons in this cesspool of sin that we call earth.
Now IF you are a mere peasant with no clout what so ever, and you happened to know the Queen Mother of the King. Who do you think the King would listen to ??? you a mere nobody, or Mary who happens to be the Kings mother.
I would say that the odds of the King picking your voice or opinion over and above His own Mother’s are between slim and none.
I pray for Mary’s help because in the grand scheme of things, I’m a mere nobody. While Mary is the Queen Mother whose divine Son would grant any request.
You should notice that at the wedding feast at Cana, at Mary’s mere suggestion (she merely stated that they had no wine), Jesus performed His first public miracle. He objected that it was not yet time, BUT at her request he did so anyway. It didn’t sound like Jesus wanted to doing anything about it, but He did so for His Mother. That’s what I can influence !!!
Would he have done so if a perfect stranger like you or I had asked ???.. maybe… but for Mary, she knew He would refuse her nothing. A request coming for Mary will always be granted, something from you or I may not even be noticed. Given the possibilities, I think approaching Mary gives me the best chance of getting my request heard.
BUT IF you think you have more clout than Mary, then you are more than welcome to try.